NSW AUSTRALIA – Law reform process in parliament postponed by NSW Premier due to anti-abortion pressure

A committee hearing in the upper house of the NSW parliament on the bill to decriminalise abortion in New South Wales (NSW) opened on 14 August. Religious leaders were among those giving evidence, including Sydney’s Catholic and Anglican archbishops, as well as Jewish, Maronite and Coptic Orthodox representatives. That same day, SBS News reported that two MPs who had voted against the bill had received death threats, which were being investigated by police. The committee … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Abortion Law Reform Bill passes first reading by wide margin

The long awaited, draft abortion law reform bill passed its first reading, 94 to 23, in the Parliament on 8 August 2019. “The biggest change was taking it out of the criminal code, which is very positive,” reported Jackie Edmond, head of Family Planning NZ, since abortion services were still managed through the Ministry of Justice, even though it’s a health service. In the last 10 years, 2,566 women have been told that their request … Continued

NEW SOUTH WALES AUSTRALIA – The bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW has passed its first hurdle

The Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019, a private member’s bill to take abortion out of the NSW criminal code, passed the lower house of the NSW Parliament late at night on 8 August 2019 after three long days of debate and several amendments. MPs voted in favour of the bill 59 to 31, with many cheering and clapping after it was passed. The bill now goes to the upper house. For the history leading … Continued

NSW Australia – Abortion bill due to be debated this week

The Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill, pending in the New South Wales (NSW) parliament, has attracted widespread support. It was due to be debated last week but was delayed to this week after anti-abortion MPs complained that they hadn’t had time to prepare themselves. The bill primarily seeks to remove three sections of the NSW Crimes Act that criminalise “attempting to procure an abortion by administering drugs or using instruments or other means”. If passed, … Continued

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